Category: Apple

Cost price of iPhone 3G S

By , June 26, 2009 12:25 am

iSuppli has once again dissected the iPhone and analysed the BOM and manufacturing cost. At a cost price of US$178.96 and the retail price at US$199, it seems that the margin for the phone is extremely low. But do note that US$199 is what consumers pay to the mobile carriers. Behind the scene, mobile carriers had actually absorbed much of the cost, but made their earning thru monthly subscriptions.

source: iSuppli

iPhone OS 3.0 carrier unlocked

By , June 17, 2009 8:54 am

The team responsible for the jailbreaking of the iPhone OS has cracked the latest iPhone OS 3.0 (which has yet to be released to the general public), enabling it to be installed on non AT&T cells.

On Tuesday evening (just before the big Apple release) we’ll do a live demo of the yellowsn0w carrier unlock working on official 3.0 firmware. The actual link for the feed will be twittered by @MuscleNerd and also placed here when the feed starts. The demo should answer everything you need to know about the new yellowsn0w. But it’s good news for iPhone 3G unlockers everywhere.

source: Dev-Team Blog

PS: iPhones sold in Singapore are already factory unlocked due to anti-competition laws.

Boot Camp 1.2 out

By , March 30, 2007 10:51 pm

Apple has released Boot Camp 1.2 beta at their website, officially supporting Windows Vista and some various features.
Boot Camp 1.2 beta includes:

  • Support for Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera
  • Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player)
  • A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions
  • Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian
  • Improved Windows driver installation experience
  • Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows
  • Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista)

Since the launch of Boot Camp, I’ve never failed to question this, “Why was the Boot Camp project initiated by none other than Apple themselves? Aren’t they supposed to be anti-Windows? Especially after they had created dozens of advertisements out to fight Microsoft and their Windows products”. It just sound to me that Apple is trying to say “Buy our Mac, help us boost our sales and we’ll let you keep your Windows.”

So guys, with Boot Camp 1.2, its now the time to buy yourself a Mac and install Vista on it. *evil*

Macworld crack offers VIP passes, hacker says

By , January 15, 2007 3:25 pm

Alongside the VIPs and people who paid top dollar, a hacker claims he also got priority access to Steve Jobs’ speech at the Macworld Conference and Expo this week.

A security weakness in the event’s Web site allowed enterprising hackers to get free “platinum passes” to the event, a $1,695 value, a security professional claims. These passes–the most expensive sold for Macworld–included much-coveted priority seating for the Jobs keynote address on Tuesday. In that packed speech, Jobs unveiled Apple’s new iPhone.

The hack was possible because special discount codes were available on the Macworld site without proper security, Kurt Grutzmacher, a Berkeley, Calif.-based security professional, wrote on his blog late Thursday. It was relatively easy to uncover the code that would make a platinum pass free, he wrote.

from http://www.zdnetindia.com/news/security/stories/167750.html

Patch that Apple Bug Project

By , January 4, 2007 3:34 pm

As part of an effort to support MOAB, Landon Fuller, a Infrastructure Software Engineer from Three Rings has started a project to patch up the flaws that are noted in MOAB, possibly patching one per day, or as per release. He decided to start this project after coming across MOAB website, as stated in his blog.

the Month of Apple Bugs

By , January 2, 2007 2:25 am

Following of ‘the Month of Kernal Bugs’ and ‘the Month of Browser Bugs’, two researchers had planned for ‘the Month of Apple Bugs’ of January 2007. Infact, they had kick started off with the first security flaw on Apple QuickTime on New Year Day. The two researchers, Kevin Finisterre and another going by the initials LMH, had set up the website at Month of Apple Bugs.

According to them, they had discovered enough flaw which could allow them to announce one per day. Some of the flaws will be reported to the vendors before making it public, as according to the so-called “responsible disclosures”.

The project will target not only the MacOS, but the Apple products in general.

While this project had been welcomed by some, apparently some Mac User group (the Mac Observer) is rather unhappy about it.

Security fact or myth: While the MacOS platform had been considered more secured that Windows, many researchers believed that this is attributed to the more secure Unix kernal and MacOS’s less widespread adoption, rather than Apple’s security practices.

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